The rib stitching is done with carpet thread. Simulated rib stitching made with a syringe filled with white glue is
The ARUP S2
framed up and
ready for covering.
Photos by the author
Click here for detailed photos of
the building process.
thread because it is thick enough to be seen through the pinked tape.
Another way is to simulate rib stitching by using a syringe with some white glue.
Lay down a small bead across the rib as you would with the thread. Make sure to
mark the spacing. Let it dry and move on to the pinked tape.
Pinked tape adds the finishing touch to the model. It may seem like a lot of work,
but you have already invested your time researching, cutting, and building your
model, so why not finish what you started? I like to use Poly-Brush from Poly-Fiber
After the tape has dried, you can use a heat gun or iron to smooth any edges
that may have lifted during the drying process.
It’s time for paint! Wipe down the model and check for any rough edges
or lifted fabric. Get the iron out and use it to ensure that everything is tight
and smooth. Go ahead and paint your model with your favorite paint.
Because the aircraft I modeled has a two-cylinder engine, I choose
a four-stroke, two-cylinder engine to match.
Now it’s on to finishing! I choose a combination of paint and
vinyl. The LE was painted and the rest of the model is vinyl
from Décor By Inscore. Make sure when you’re having vinyl
lettering done that you provide a good picture of the font
and layout, plus height and width of each letter or grouping
of letters. Otherwise, you may be disappointed!
There is a trick for getting great results with vinyl. After
you have marked where to put the letters, mist a little
water with soap (five parts water to one part soap) on the
fabric, and then apply your lettering. You will find you can
move the letters and it is easy to squeegee out any air for
a professional appearance!
If you spend a little more time on project details you
will be proud of the results! I am proud of mine!
Poly-Fiber Aircraft Coatings
Décor By Inscore
40 Model Aviation DECEMBER 2014